The Maldon Easter Fair is held each year and on Easter Monday, the township of Maldon has a grand procession along its main streets. The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group takes this opportunity to promote our existence, increase awareness of the local Wheel Cactus problem and, hopefully, inspire more people to join our group and help us to eradicate the weed.
In the 2012 parade we enacted a demonstration against Wheel Cactus, waving many witty placards denouncing the existence of the weed and showing what a varied range of people from the community is opposed to this noxious weed.
In the 2013 parade we were dressed in ‘warrior’ uniform and marched as a united army against the ‘opposition’ weed.
For the Easter Parade in April 2014, we joined with other local Landcare groups to highlight the negative effects that feral pests, both plant and animal, have on our environment. We were rewarded for our excellent ‘float’ with First prize for ‘Best Community Entry’.
For the Easter street parade in 2015, the cactus warrior volunteers dressed up as wheel cactus plants. They looked so good they won 1st prize for the ‘Best Community Group’ entry, again.
Easter 2016 saw the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group celebrating its 10th birthday. Cactus Warriors paraded in party costume with their parade-sized birthday cake. They won a well-deserved First Prize for the ‘Best Community Entry’, again!
For the Maldon Easter Parade in 2017, the Cactus Warriors changed their uniform to become Mexicans, to highlight the fact that Wheel Cactus belongs back in Mexico and is not welcome here in Australia.
In the 2018 Easter Parade, we collaborated with the students at the Maldon Primary School and made a giant black crow (Australian Raven) to let everyone know that this is the main culprit for spreading the Wheel Cactus seeds. And again, we won the ‘Best Community Entry’ prize!!